Are You Married to Law or Love?

“For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband.”

Romans 7:2

Ponder This

In this text, Paul pictured a theoretical woman who was previously married to Mr. Law but following his death, she remarries Mr. Love. Despite what her expectations may be, she learns that Mr. Love doesn’t ask less of her. He actually requires more. But do you know what she discovers? Everything Mr. Love tells her to do, he turns around and does it with her or for her. He guides her and gives her everything she needs for what he’s asked. Every demand of God upon your life is a demand on the Holy Spirit of Christ who lives in you. The reality is that on your own, you can't do it. Once we have recognized this reality, we can ask with Paul, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24). When we do, we receive a clear answer, “I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:25).

  • How have you experienced the reality that you can’t fulfill the law of love on your own?
  • How have you experienced the guiding presence of Jesus in your life as He equips you to fulfill what He has called you to do?

Practice This

Take some time today to write out an example from your life in which God led you by His Spirit to do something you were unable to do on your own. Consider who you might share this experience with this week.